Birmingham, Ala. - The 2017-18 women's basketball season was momentous for many reasons, including the honors and accolades bestowed upon SEC teams.
For South Carolina senior A'ja Wilson, her collegiate career ends as the consensus National Player of the Year, having collected the Wooden Award, Citizen Naismith Women's Player of the Year, Wade Trophy, espnW National Player of the Year, USA Today Sports National Player of the Year, Basketball Times National Player of the Year, Associated Press National Player of the Year, and USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year. In addition, Wilson also garnered the Lisa Leslie Award for the nation's best center and All-America honors by the WBCA, espnW, USA Today, Associated Press, and USBWA.
Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter was named NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year by the WBCA, espnW, and USA Today Sports, for consensus accolades. Carter is the first player in Texas A&M women's basketball history to win a national superlative of the year award.
After guiding this season's Bulldog squad back to the national championship game after leading MSU to the program's first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, the first for any Bulldog women's program, Head Coach Vic Schaefer was named the Werner Ladder Naismith National Coach of the Year, WBCA Coach of the Year, and USBWA Coach of the Year.
In addition to Schaefer, MSU's senior Victoria Vivians was honored with the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award for the nation's top shooting guard. Vivians' latest accolade comes after she was named a First Team All-American by USA Today, the Associated Press and the WBCA. She was also a second team honoree by USBWA and a third-team selection by ESPNW.
Also for the Bulldogs, Teaira McCowan was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year presented by Bona. McCowan was named the first Defensive Player of the Year after an All-American season that saw her average 18.2 ppg and an NCAA Division I second-most 13.9 rpg.